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Re: Legal Briefs
May 26, 2009, 19:01
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Re: Legal Briefs May 26, 2009, 19:01
May 26, 2009, 19:01
 
"Jack Thompson Threatens Entire Utah Legislature with Prosecution"

And just when you thought the show couldn't get any better...
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 26, 2009, 18:51
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Re: Out of the Blue May 26, 2009, 18:51
May 26, 2009, 18:51
 
No pics, please.

Au contraire, I want to see this shit go down.

From that ethanol article:

"Hire retired General Wesley Clark as your point man and lobby the government to increase the amount of ethanol in our fuel to 15%."

That guy sure has his hands in a lot of junk. Retired Army general officer, former commander of NATO, CNN news adviser, now pusher of corn fuel. Quite a résumé.

This comment was edited on May 26, 2009, 18:57.
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Re: BioShock 2 Release Dates
May 26, 2009, 18:48
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Re: BioShock 2 Release Dates May 26, 2009, 18:48
May 26, 2009, 18:48
 
Surely the awesome DRM that they will be annoying their legitimate users with will prevent that from happening.

The only DRM I have to worry about is if there's enough space on my PS3's HD to play the game. Hah.

Of course, for the inevitable $60 price tag, it does come at a price.

This comment was edited on May 26, 2009, 18:48.
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Re: Dragon Age Tabletop Interview
May 26, 2009, 02:13
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Re: Dragon Age Tabletop Interview May 26, 2009, 02:13
May 26, 2009, 02:13
 
How about a PC version of the game?

Meh, for the price of upgrading your PC every year, or even to run this, just buy a 360 or PS3 and play it. Cheaper all around.
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Re: Arx Fatalis
May 25, 2009, 23:21
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Re: Arx Fatalis May 25, 2009, 23:21
May 25, 2009, 23:21
 
GOG (and GI.net, if you ignore the comment in the review itself...) claims November 2002, same year as Morrowind.

Whoops on my part. Being 7 years late playing a game isn't too bad then
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Re: Previews
May 25, 2009, 22:44
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Re: Previews May 25, 2009, 22:44
May 25, 2009, 22:44
 
I expect Arma 2 to br aimed much more at consoles. It will be closer to BF2.

Considering it's a PC-centric release, I doubt it. It's a direct sequel to ArmA 1 and also by the original developer who did OpFlash '85 so chances it being as arcade'ish as BF2 are hopefully small. If they do everything with it they're putting out in the previews, it'll be closer to a true military sim than ArmA 1.
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Re: Undead Circuit Shitty
May 25, 2009, 22:40
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Re: Undead Circuit Shitty May 25, 2009, 22:40
May 25, 2009, 22:40
 
There was the well-documented incident where they basically fired all of their senior employees and tried to hire back them at basically minimum wage.

TBH, I never really paid attention until the change was obvious. Lose all your knowledgeable and skilled sales people and wonder why they say "fuck you" to coming back at minimum wage.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 25, 2009, 22:29
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Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2009, 22:29
May 25, 2009, 22:29
 
When was the last time someone invaded North America? Or that was even a threat of invasion? Since WWII, was there any need for any of the police actions/invasions/wars that the U.S. engaged in and/or started.

"Need" is a subjective and very relative term when used for national defense or strategic action. It's just the degree of transparency and honesty the federal government is willing to commit to that differentiate between bullshit military actions (any of Reagan's brushfires and the Iraq Wars) and strategically viable actions (Balkans, Afghanistan) that can produce positive, quantifiable results.

No one has fought for my freedom since WWII.

And arguably, they didn't then.

Roosevelt was a closet warmonger who was afraid isolationism was pushing America into a corner while the other empires carved up the rest of the world. I'm not one to latch onto conspiracy theories, but unprotected convoys shipping materiel to England, Pearl Harbor more or less left empty for attack? Any enemy strategic planner would see that as a golden opportunity to potentially knock off the US to potentially keep them out of their sphere of influence.

Especially in the case of Winston Churchill's jumping into the war to help Poland. Then blatant holes start appearing. When Hitler's Germany and Stalin's USSR didn't immediately annihilate each other of course he was concerned over the security of the UK. Poland had always served as a buffer state keeping Russia insulated from the rest of Europe, and again, when Hitler/Stalin didn't wage war at first, Poland was convenient grounds for declaring war.

And as for not blaming the soldiers, they have a duty and responsibility to ask if what they're doing is moral...

And it's rather funny you assume they don't.

A professional military, or really, any properly situated military in a stable country, exists as a tool to be used at the whim for that government. The soldier has a chain of command usually terminating at the head of state. Do you follow me so far? That head of state tells you to go somewhere, you go. It's really that simple. You general statement makes it obvious you really have no idea what a military career consists of, almost as if you think soldiers are still running around fighting like its WW2. Really, it's just like any other job. And boring as hell.

...which the vast majority obvious don't.

The vast majority just don't really care. But it's not unlike the vast majority of Americans or Canadians. Yeah, it bothers Joe Civilian that his country is meddling in the affairs of another country for reasons he can't understand or doesn't agree with, but in the end of the day it really doesn't matter if it doesn't affect him. Just because you don't hear about it in the news much doesn't mean there aren't the uniformed protesters, conscientious objectors, AWOLs, desertions, etc.

If they did, there'd be a hell of a lot less fighting going on.

Nope. A military is a tool of diplomacy, when diplomacy fails, and again - acts at the whim of the government it falls under.

Going by your tantrums in the past and your claimed higher education, you seem pretty naive about the world. Sorry for my use of a cliché, but the saying "old men start wars, young men fight them" is so true. It's heads of state and governments who decide who to fight, not the uniformed military.

When soldiers do act out of line, the common stereotype in the media is that they're automatically covered and get away without punishment, but the vast majority of time it doesn't work that way. Really, the civilian legal system has more cracks and holes in it for criminals who are obviously guilty but go away unpunished than the US military.

It's also flattering that you hold the common soldier to blame on the same level as a head of state.

This comment was edited on May 25, 2009, 22:46.
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Re: Consolidation
May 25, 2009, 21:50
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Re: Consolidation May 25, 2009, 21:50
May 25, 2009, 21:50
 
After going through a few 360s due to the mysterious Red Ring of Death, I said "fuckit" and bought a PS3. The games I play are usually multi-platform anyhow and alas, no region protection on the PS3; Japan's vast market of PS3 game is also available to me. Although that bill comes at a price...
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Arx Fatalis
May 25, 2009, 16:28
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Arx Fatalis May 25, 2009, 16:28
May 25, 2009, 16:28
 
Sometimes, as you all know, a good thing slips through the cracks. I can think of several games that for whatever reason were overlooked.

Yeah, but overlooking a great RPG that came out in 2004?? Long enough to be considerably dated, but certainly not long enough to completely miss or forget. Especially with the dearth of CRPGS...
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Re: Legal Briefs
May 25, 2009, 16:23
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Re: Legal Briefs May 25, 2009, 16:23
May 25, 2009, 16:23
 
American mentality veers towards "individual" and "independence" in that it's almost heresy for the government to tell parents how to raise their children. One side wants legislation to keep minors from buying these kinds of games, because there is some realization there are too many lazy parents who simply don't want to be troubled with including that in raising their kid. Another side wants to leave the government completely out of it. Another side gets tired of games being dumbed down because it's not suitable for kids.
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Re: Undead Circuit Shitty
May 25, 2009, 16:10
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Re: Undead Circuit Shitty May 25, 2009, 16:10
May 25, 2009, 16:10
 
I remember back in the late '90s CC was a great place to go *just for* their return policy. That and their staff was often experienced and knowledgeable about the shit they were selling. Two years ago, before the mass closures, it just seemed like I was dealing with idiots just out for a paycheck. I don't know if they worked commission or salary, but damn, I don't expect the staff to be geniuses on everything they sell, or even know more about the product than me, but at least know what your peddling.
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Re: etc.
May 25, 2009, 16:07
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Re: etc. May 25, 2009, 16:07
May 25, 2009, 16:07
 
This is because when you were younger you grew up playing 2D classics. Every generation complains about how their toys where better than the toys today.

That and there's a certain beauty in utter simplicity which, if applied right to a game, can go a long way towards being entertaining.

But even then, I still can't get how Plants VS. Zombies is so popular. Boring boring boring.
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Re: Dragon Age Tabletop Interview
May 25, 2009, 16:03
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Re: Dragon Age Tabletop Interview May 25, 2009, 16:03
May 25, 2009, 16:03
 
"Roll to see if I'm getting drunk!"

I've played with some DM's who would be babies in letting that slide and other who would let the consequences of that kind of roll play out until the very end. And that usually happened when they themselves knew their hangovers ended.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 25, 2009, 13:55
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Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2009, 13:55
May 25, 2009, 13:55
 
What most incompetents don't realize is the holiday is for the soldiers who died in the act of serving, has nothing to do with why they died. Blame the governments for behaving so badly, not the poor private on the line whose ass was liquified by an IED.
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Re: oh you are so spiritual and loving
May 25, 2009, 13:44
2.
Re: oh you are so spiritual and loving May 25, 2009, 13:44
May 25, 2009, 13:44
 
You're from Canada, aren't you?
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Re: Consolidation
May 25, 2009, 13:35
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Re: Consolidation May 25, 2009, 13:35
May 25, 2009, 13:35
 
The researchers are still working out the speed at which the discs can be written on, and say that commercial production is at least five years off.

And truth be told - it'll probably be manufactured using parts from Sony, Samsung, Hitachi or Toshiba.
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Re: DRM
May 25, 2009, 05:06
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Re: DRM May 25, 2009, 05:06
May 25, 2009, 05:06
 
If it still requires an internet connection...then no sale.

Meh, I just played a console version. Same great (if a bit overrated) game, but zero hassle for errant programs trying to access the internet.

Then again, my game was also free...oh well.
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 25, 2009, 02:59
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Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2009, 02:59
May 25, 2009, 02:59
 
Any job you do with your hands - i.e. a trade - is infinitely more satisfying in that regard.

Oh yes. I got into rebuilding guitars last year. Pick up some wreck I found in the pawn shop and get it to as near perfect playing condition as I can. Especially when I'm done and I step back and look at the finished product, it's as you wrote - "pretty damn cool".
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Re: Thai Govt Closes Dozens of Websites
May 25, 2009, 02:56
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Re: Thai Govt Closes Dozens of Websites May 25, 2009, 02:56
May 25, 2009, 02:56
 
Of course, you've got some people who argue gaming addiction doesn't even exist...
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